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roarintiger1
Honored Advisor

Presidential candidates

This is the marketing forum and the following comments and question directly involves the market place for agriculture.

 

 All of this campaigning from our presidential candidates and there has been zero talk of American agriculture. (at least what the media covers)   Anyone have any info on what these candidate's agricultural policies will be?

 

What these policies are will be huge for the industry for the next four years.

 

Please keep the answers clean and to the point of agriculture only. 

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

I won`t mention anyone by name.  A admitted socialist, is going to want to make sure the government gets their piece of YOUR pie in income and death taxes.   Socialists also tend to pander to "tree huggers" therefore expect more unfunded mandates that you have to pay for out of pocket, cause farmers are rich.  If you`re into crop insurance and such, remember those that buy crop insurance tend to vote a certain way, if another socialist gets in, farm programs always have their neck on the block.

 

Farmers pat themselves on the back that they export and that`s fine, however a frontrunner that`s a 'Populist Isolationist" might get into a minor trade war and agriculture would be the first salvo.  However a drop in the bucket to the much larger trade deficit, remember people making a living wage can afford to buy our steaks and pork chops.

 

After Iowa it seems all the politicians are a little less in love with Ethanol, Iowa`s winner was able to walk the line being against RFS and some how explaining without it "the cap would be off and we`ll sell more!" Smiley Very Happy   okay...I got this bridge in Brooklyn Iowa that I`d like to sell. 

 

 

 

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giolucas
Veteran Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

Didn't Trump say he was going to buy a Farm?  

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hardnox
Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

Trump's protectionist theme seems to be the most obviously problematic.

 

"Agriculture" was the #1 lobby for NAFTA and China's entry into WTO and we do dump a lot of corn and corn sweetener into Mexico (one root cause of the immigration wave) and we sell a mountain of soybeans and, opportunistically, livestock products into China.

 

Folks tell me that "they" can't do anything to us because they'll starve. Could even be true in the very short term but we aren't the only store in town.  "They" will very quickly be back in Brazil pitching their railroad to the Pacific coast and this time Brazil may be happy to take any boost they can get.

 

Other countries can also develop livestock export industries.

 

As I've said before, "agriculture" is the beating heart of our neoliberal order.

 

 

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

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BA Deere
Honored Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

Just put the pencil and paper to the real costs of being able to export grain and it`s a pretty expensive illusion.  If grain becomes higher than worldwide COP, rainforests get cleared and in a couple years the world is back to burdensome supplies.  I don`t know why we want to get in these cage matches, being as so far we have the prettiest face.

 

Just admit it`s a losing proposition and put the farmers on welfare and protect and bring back our manufacturing base.  Employed people eat well.

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OKdon
Senior Contributor

Re: Presidential candidates

Not if they are paid peanuts. A well paid worker is a excellent customer for consumer groups. One day the business world will recognize how flawed their strategy has been. Herry Ford figured that out a hundred years ago.

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roarintiger1
Honored Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

These workers can buy more food without good paying jobs..........if the American farmer is beat down on the prices they recieve. Thus reducing the cost of food.     Wait........shouldn't that already be happening?    Smiley Wink

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hardnox
Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

Elvis used to buy Cadillacs for random people.....

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WCMO
Senior Advisor

Re: Presidential candidates

In 1938, Ford was awarded Nazi Germany's Grand Cross of the German Eagle, a medal given to foreigners sympathetic to Nazism. -- from Wikipedia.

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